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consider asking for outside help but would the u.s. answer the call? as american warships head to the region just what is the u.s. military willing to offer? >>> oil futures rise above $100 a barrel a day after the dow slumped 1.5%. we'll check where the market is headed before the opening bell today. >>> and flip-flop already? or just a communications mix-up. we'll get to the bottom of newt announcing for president thursday debacle. chuck has the back story. good morning. wednesday, march 2nd, 2011. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. amazing what making sure you have two sources do and can keep you out of trouble. we'll get more into that. all of that plus does michael huckabee think president obama grew up in kenya and will the beloved "the daily rundown" moth pad get a tablet today. let's get to the rundown. moammar gadhafi is vowing to fight to the last man as he ramps up efforts to hold onto his country in the face of a growing rebellion. pierce battles in the east and west. the libyan air force is bombing rebel territory sending forces to an oil base in the eastern
the coast to force an arms embargo. jim maceda is live in tripoli, what can you tell us about the latest air strikes on gadhafi's forces around misrata? >> reporter: hi there, willie, that's right, there are now more and more of these air strikes happening in that part of the country, which is much closer to us, miss rat rata about 100 milt of tripoli, there's an indication in place than it was a couple days a go. we are hearing reports, not directly from misrata, from others in misrata, calling relatives outside and then we're picking up information from that, suggesting that there are now, has been a series of air attacks, assaults, bombings, on to the pro-gadhafi forces, and that includes tanks, it includes snipers. it includes obviously troops, mortar rounds -- mortar -- mortar men, and they are still in the -- in the outskirts of misrata and have been doing that every day, penetrating to the center, fighting, intensively, often nine, ten, yesterday, in fact, 40 killed, and then pulling back. trying to squeeze at the same time as they attack misrata, trying to squeeze the city. they've c
and other enemy forces use to launch attacks against american troops inside afghanistan. but almost just as important, the kind of threat they pose to the stability of pakistan. in fact, savannah and chuck, there are some in the military now saying that we fight the war in afghanistan to ensure stability in pakistan. >> wow, there you go. at the pentagon for us for some sobering news and analysis this morning. thanks very much. >> you bet. >>> the white house seems to be backing defense secretary robert gates, arguing that the risks of imposing a no-fly zone in libya would likely outweigh any benefits but that hasn't stopped members of congress from both parties talking about it. >> the last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention. and i don't consider it a fly zone stepping over that line. i would only consider its implementation if gadhafi himself were using it as a means of terror, as a means of massacring large numbers of civilians. >> lots of people throw around phrases of no-fly zone and they talk about it as though it's just a game on a video game or some
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